Until halfway into my Bachelor’s degree, I had never gotten a pimple on my face. Then adolescence remembered that it had left my face untouched. Thus about every week since then, a pimple or two appear on my face usually near my nose. Somehow, my eyes keep focusing on them and due to their location, the pimples seem enormous. This has resulted in a bad habit of pinching them despite the fact that it could result in a highly fatal condition called cavernous sinus thrombosis. Furthermore, the pinching usually causes scarring.
Similarly, whatever you spend your time thinking about informs your actions. I have found that when I am focused on what is not going right in my life, I end up acting stingy, rude, impatient and get a victim mentality. But when I focus on the good things, regardless of the situation; I will usually act more patiently, be understanding, generous, merciful, etc.
Things for your mind to focus on according to Paul are in Phillipians 4:8;
finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praise worthy-meditate on these things.
Solomon talks about the influence of our thoughts in Proverbs 23:7 saying “for as he thinks in his heart, so is he”.
Also Margret Thatcher said:
Watch your thoughts,for they become your words,
Watch your words, for they become your actions,
Watch your actions, for they become your habits,
Watch your habits, for they become your character.
So, what are you thinking about today?